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largest oil refinery, they also looted the banks, stealing, perhaps a billion dollars in cash. that is it for me, i'll be back in "the situation room." for our viewers here in the united states, "news room" with pamela brown starts right now. this is cnn breaking news. and i'm pamela brown in for brooke baldwin. and u.s. army sergeant bowe bergdahl is scheduled to be back in the united states overnight. great to have you here with us, dr. ritchie, first off if you would, tell us what did bergdahl have to do? what did he have to show in order for him to be transferred back to the u.s. from the hospital in germany where he has been recovering? >> so the decompression process, which is what he has been going
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through is a series of steps. it is doing a medical dical evaluation, a psychological evaluation, gathering intelligence, we don't know the whole story, but it is likely that bowe bergdahl had to be evaluated to show he is stable enough to get back in the glare of media publicity that he is about to face and to reunite with his family after so many years away. >> and let's talk about that glare of media publicity. because there obviously has been a huge backlash since the controversial exchange where we traded five taliban detainees for him to be returned to the u.s. and in a sense how will that affect his recovery here in the u.s.? and how do you shield him from that backlash? >> that is a good question, there is not going to be an easy way to shield him from the backlash. i would caution the viewers to wait to pass judgment.
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there are a lot of people that seek to condemn him without knowing everything that happened. what we do appear to know is that he was fragile psychiatrically, psychologically before he left his post. one of the questions that i still have is whether he was being treated with the ant anti-malarial agent, which is known to cause psychiatric reactions, or did he have a different psychiatric reaction, a psychosis-related. so i would urge listeners to wait to rush to judgment. but there is no question that his release has been caught up in politics. and there will be backlash. >> and another part of this equation here is the union that he will presumably have with his family soon. how do you suggest they should
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approach the situation, is there a certain strategy that they should do to be reunited with their loved ones after the traumatic event? >> well, in general, take it easy, take it slow. limit the time together, and the united states army is actually pretty good at advising on this. they have done this unfortunately too many times, reunited hostages or prisoners of war. so he will have psychologists available to help him through this. they will be available, who will accompany him back and be there with him for an extended period of time. but in general, the family should go slow, not expect too much. take it easy and give him enough time and space. >> and i want to bring in our national security analyst to talk more about this. bob, there has been a lot of push and pressure for an investigation to take place as to the circumstances surrounding
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bowe bergdahl's you know, when he left the outpost five years ago. when do you think that will happen now that we're getting this word that he is going to be arriving back in the u.s. overnight? >> well, pam, i think probably right away. the military is going to want to sit him down and ask him why he left post on the occasion he was taken and the occasions before. i mean, this has turned into a political firestorm whether he was a deserter or suffering psychological problems. and i think we need to put this to bed. i think it is very unfortunate the way it has turned and the military and the military alone will be able to answer that question. >> okay, and i'd like to right now take a look at what chuck hagel, defense secretary chuck hagel has to say about this situation, take a listen. >> you're trying to tell me he is being held in germany because
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of his medical condition? >> congressman, i hope you're not implying anything other than that. >> the fact you're o-- >> i don't like the implication. >> answer it. >> he is being held there because our medical professionals don't believe he is ready. until they believe he is ready to take the next step to rehabilitation. >> have you ever -- >> a fiery exchange there yesterday on the hill where chuck hagel was testifying. bob, what do you think this signals now that bowe bergdahl is being transferred from that hospital in germany to the u.s. we're learning that he is transferred to a hospital in san antonio overnight. >> well, i think he will be turned over to professional. it is going to stay that way. the military is not going to let this become anymore politicalized than it already has been. they want the answers, i think it is unfortunate, the political nastiness, he needed to be brought home. the less politics with this country, the better.
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especially when you have other parts of the middle east starting to explode. >> all right, bob, stay with us. because we'll talk to you later about the unfolding situation going on right now in iraq. in fact, at this moment the u.s. is considering a range of motion including air strikes a after iraq conducted its own last night. as a violent islamist group tears through northern iraq. that was a scene in kirkuk, they seized the hometown, tikrit, the fear now, baghdad will be the next to fall, president obama talking a short time ago, giving hints about a u.s. response. take a listen. >> what we've seen over the last couple of days indicates a degree in which iraq will need more help with us, more help
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from the international community. so my team is working around the clock to identify how we can provide the most effective assistance to them. i don't rule out anything. because we do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either iraq or syria. >> the fighting forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes in hot spots across the country. the situation so bad right now some u.s.-trained iraqi security forces are putting down their arms and running. others we're hearing have been taken captive, video reportedly showing hundreds of civilians, captured by this group, isis and paraded through the streets there. although cnn cannot confirm the video. and joining me now, cnn's arwa
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damon, monitoring the situation. just one day after they took control of the largest city, mosul, two days after this takeover is frightening, we know that iraq is fighting back, trying to reclaim tikrit. >> reporter: it seems as if the advance will not be powerful enough to take over, but the speed with which they managed to move the forces out, most certainly did prove that the iraqi security forces and the government itself were caught on their back foot, when you think about tikrit, saddam's hometown, they also managed to briefly take over that video from there showing isis fighters detaining hundreds of men who were identified as being members of the iraqi security forces.
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but the iraqi government, pam, is saying they have it under control. and the oil-rich city of kirkuk is being fought over there. the group managing to clear isis out of that area. but this move certainly is a very, very difficult and trying situation for this country. isis has proven itself to be arguably more capable than even al-qaeda was back in the day, pam. >> and the situation in syria has only helped them, right arwa? >> reporter: well, the two countries changing over the years, they are intertwined. isis started simply as the islamist state of iraq, and then it branched out into syria.
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and following that branching out it managed to gain even more control not just in syria but in iraq, as well. capitalizing on the growing changes with the nouri maliki take-over, these are not just confined to the borders of iraq but are growing into even a more trans-national one at the core of which is the underlining shiite and sunni attention. it is so critical that if iraq or syria are to come out of the other side of this as even remotely viable nations there is some sort of political resolution, some sort of reconciliation and inclusive government. >> and as we heard, president obama is looking at options on how to intervene with the
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situation, arwa damon, thank you so much. and more on the options that the u.s. has, analyst bob bear joins me. plus. there is pushing back. >> as the world's biggest sporting event kicks off today a scene after intense protests at the world cup, see how this scene ended up next. when it comd nutrition...i'm no expert. that would be my daughter -- hi dad. she's a dietitian. and back when i wasn't eating right, she got me drinking boost. it's got a great taste, and it helps give me the nutrition i was missing. helping me stay more like me. [ female announcer ] boost complete nutritional drink has 26 essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium and vitamin d to support strong bones and 10 grams of protein to help maintain muscle. all with a delicious taste. grandpa! [ female announcer ] stay strong, stay active with boost. life with crohn's disease ois a daily game of "what if's". what if my abdominal pain and cramps come back? what if the plane gets delayed?
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fanfare. >> several protests there throughout the streets of sao paulo, upset about the money spent on the world cup, 11 billi billion, when the company is in need of money for schools. >> things are getting pretty crazy here. there was a skirmish a short while ago, the the police fired tear gas, there were protests, and they're pushing backs as you can see. here i can come back up. i can come back up now. as you can see they -- if you guys can see us, if you can see us they did -- okay, they shot
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the tear gas, this is obviously getting very tense. there is not actually a large group of protesters but the police are firing tear gas. it is clear they do not want protesters getting anywhere near the stadium. at this point we're 11 kilometers away. at this point, police have said they will keep a perimeter of at least five kilometers. they will not get much closer than that. but i have to say these are things very tense. these are people who feel the world cup should never have been done here in the first place. they believe the $11 billion should have been spent on schools and public transportation. they're not just thinking about the game, but what is going on in brazil, very poor services. and they also accuse the government of using the money for own personal gain. so this is something we'll
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probably not see let up any time soon. >> and shasta darlington joins us since that incident. shasta, first of all, how are you doing? are you okay? >> reporter: thank you, our producer got a pretty nasty gash in her arm as a result of a stun grenade. i had a little cut, but she is home resting after being in the hospital. the protests have largely been dispersed. as you can see the police are right here behind me. the protesters moved up into the metro. and basically what they don't want to let the protesters do is come out onto this street right now. this is the red line, this is the street that leads to the stadium. we're still a good 11 miles away from the stadium. but they don't want the fans blocked from getting there and they don't want them getting anywhere near the stadium.
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>> certainly a chaotic situation there, shasta, thank you to you, your producer, for all of your hard work. moving to iraq now where in the city of tikrit, isis now taking over with weapons now in their hands, these highly trained, highly motivated fighters are now highly armed. let's bring in bob baer analyst, bob, how dangerous are they, especially since they are taking over the cities and are able to gain other resources in those cities? >> they're extremely dangerous. they have heavy armor, and by the way, they have been doing this in the last few months, first in fallujah, then in
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ramadi, they are capable of taking baghdad, i doubt they will take it but we'll have to wait and see. i think what we're seeing here is a full-fledged war in iraq, even like we've never seen since 2006. and frankly the administration cannot let this stand. we cannot let a al-qaeda-like state, well-armed, with a lot of money and oil set up in iraq. i wouldn't be surprised if we didn't see washington try to put some sort of coalition. >> more than 4,000 lives were lost in iraq. i just read that washington has spent $15 billion in training giving resources to the iraqi government. but it seems, bob, we're hearing reports that soldiers with the iraqi government are fleeing, leaving their weapons behind and running. i mean, is the nouri maliki government capable of fighting
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back against this extremist group? >> no, they're completely incapable. all that money was wasted. in fact the money is now in their hands, you know, another thing we're facing here is the potential partition of iraq into three states. you would have the kurdish state in the northeast, in the west, the sunnis, in the south, the shiite. but these are messy, messy lines. i think what we're all facing now is we cannot let this descend into a full-fledge conflict. this would be a disaster. i'm painting the worst picture here but trust me this is what is going through the minds of the policymakers at the white house. >> right, and we're hearing from sources at the white house that they're not considering boots on the ground yet, but there are talks of air strikes and other measures the u.s. will take.
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what do you think the realistic options are right now for the u.s. to get involved at this point? >> i agree with you, pamela. air strikes at this point. we can use heavy armor and drones. i mean, i'm not advocating getting back into iraq, but this is a catastrophic situation where we're going to have to reverse policy. >> and of course, this puts president obama in a political dilemma. he ran and won based on his pledge to remove troops from iraq. and now he is dealing a chaotic situation. you can't just turn a blind eye. bob baer, thank you very much. we appreciate it. and more on this in just a moment. but first back home, another crisis, thousands of children are walking across the border alone and being packed into holding centers where there are reports of abuse by u.s. agents.
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the pictures alone are disturbing. immigrant children crammed into rooms, sleeping on floors. take a look here. but allegations of abuse of some of these children flocking across the border into the united states are even worse. sexual abuse, beatings, strip searches, freezing cold rooms, food that made them sick, denial of medicines. these are allegations made by the aclu and immigrant rights
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groups on behalf of more than 100 children held by the border agents. officials say quote, extraordinary measures have been taken for the children and he says mistreatment or misconduct is not tolerated. r ruben, i read about an op-ed piece you wrote for cnn. in which you said, where did our children go? tell us about that. >> thank you, pam, we obviously have a soft spot for children in this country. there are laws that say you can't have labor extremes, and there are whole government agencies that protect children, even take them out of the home if necessary. in this case you have thousands of children coming across the u.s.-mexico border and are not being protected. the department of homeland security is violating its own
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regulations that says they're supposed to hold onto these juveniles for 72 hours beforehanding them over. they're keeping them much longer, six or seven days. it's clear they're overwhelmed, there is a lot going on with the border but we have to do much better than this. this is not in keeping with the traditions of our country. >> yes, they said they knew there would be an influx of undocumented children, but it exceeded their expectations. up to 60,000 children are expected, that is ten times of what we saw in 2011 and 2012. the government can say look, we tried to prepare for this. but this is just overwhelming the resources that we have. >> right, the evidence shows that they were actually alerted to the situation two years ago in 2012. they started coming across the texas border. there are four border states but texas is the most attractive to smugglers because the infrastructure is the most
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attractive to them. so the officials who guarded that border alerted the federal government two years ago to prepare for this. saying there was already being a trend of young minors coming across the border. it is clear that the obama administration and the department of homeland security has fallen asleep on the job here. and now they're scrambling to keep up but are not doing a very good job. literally in this story they are driving people to bus stations in neighboring states and dropping the kids off. this is not how we should be doing this. and this is obviously a failure of the administration. >> and you see republicans and democrats pointing fingers talking about what is behind this surge. do you think this is a political landmine just waiting to explode? and for whom? republicans or democrats? >> really, for both parties, the republicans are incredibly bone-headed on this issue. all we hear are people are
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coming out of the central american countries because they were lured here with the promise of amnesty. in reality, you have a lot of violence in countries, these kids are refugee, the story is much more complicated than the folks on the right would have us think. both parties are failing this population of people. >> and to be fair, secretary johnson said yesterday on the hill they're doing everything to try to manage the situation, moving border patrol officers to help care for these children, trying to give them hot meals and showers. so they are making the case that they're doing everything they can. and of course, we'll be waiting to hear secretary johnson's comments, soon. thank you. coming up, more on the latest violence in iraq, more, troops marching towards baghdad and now iraq is asking for u.s. assistance, what options are on the table, back next. [ male announcer ] how did red lobster make four amazing entrees even better?
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is taking over the country's largest city, and threatening to streamroll its way into baghdad, iraq appears to be falling apart after the two years that the united states pulled out after spending so much money and losing almost 5,000 lives removing saddam hussein. i want to bring in fareed zakaria with more. >> it is not like we haven't seen this problem coming for over a year. and it is not like we haven't seen over the last five or six month months these terrorists moving in, taking control of western iraq, now they have taken control of mosul. they're 100 miles from baghdad. now what is the president doing? taking a nap. >> fareed, what is happening in iraq? suddenly it is on everyone's
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radar, but as he alluded to it, it didn't just happen out of the blue. this group took over fallujah six months ago, what is going on? >> john boehner is right, we've seen this coming for a while, the taking over of mosul, second largest city in iraq. here is the fundamental problem. all of this is being fed by a sunni revolt. iraq is being divided by the sunni, the kurds and the shiite. and nouri maliki's government has been persecuting the sunnis, feeding a revolt that has turned into an insurgency. when you have a group that feels it has nothing to lose and is teaming up with al-qaeda affiliates, engaging in violence that is a very tough problem to solve. because at the end of the day there is just hopelessness and
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despair, there is iraq, and turkey, money coming in. the question is can the nouri maliki government, the iraqi government bring the sunnis in? you can do all the stuff you want you will have this problem again in six months. and i'm sure that is what the president is grappling with. he has a government in iraq that can't be defended whether you use air strikes or anything else, because the fundamental problem is political. it has bred the problem that has turned into an insurgency. now what do you do? >> it is scary, because it seems like the isis group is gaining strength. but in some leaders tribal leaders in this town are opting to go with them and take their side over the nouri maliki government. because you know the situation is just so horrific there. tell us if you will, what is this group all about?
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what exactly is it after and who is financing it? >> it is a great question, not a large group. this is probably a few thousand people. it seems to have originated in syria. now if you want to make this even more complicated, in syria they're battling the government, in iraq, they're battling the government which is our ally. when it crosses the border in syria it is doing stuff we approve of, when it goes into iraq it is doing stuff we disapprove of. basically it is a radical sunni group affiliated with al-qaeda in a sense. kind of an off-shoot. but there is quarrelling between the groups there but very hard line terrorists. fundamentalists, but the money seems to be becoming from similar radicals in saudi arabia. but here is the big deal. in mosul, they robbed a government treasury of $500 million in cash.
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in cash, they also got a lot of gold. so they might now be the most well-funded terrorist organization in the world. and as you were just pointing out you can buy a lot of the allegiance of the tribes in this area, so all of a sudden they may find they have a lot more followers than they had just a couple of days ago. >> and as we know they're marching towards baghdad, we've heard reports of iraqi troops fleeing, leaving their weapons behind. if they're comandeering the situation, what is the threat to the u.s.? >> it would mean more chaos and more complexity. i don't think it means one single dramatic thing, for one thing i don't think baghdad will fall. but remember, this is an army we
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funded and sustained somewhere between half a million troops to a million. we're talking about 200,000 fighters, not particularly well equipped. so the army has got to be able to hold baghdad, it would be inconceivable to me that they wouldn't be able to do that. but what about the towns around falling to isis? it adds to the instability, the chaos in iraq. and the united states has to ask itself yes, this is terrible for us, but if we jump into the middle of this are we going to make much difference? do we even know which side to support as i pointed out. if we support the nouri maliki government we're supporting a very repressive government that has excluded the sunnis. do we really want to be on that side? this is a tough one for the president and it is easy to take
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pot shots but the mistakes have been a decade in the making. >> i'm sure they're thinking about afghanistan, too, as we draw down our troops there. fareed zakaria, thank you so much, we appreciate it. a nuclear accident that nearly wiped part of the state of north carolina off the map. haven't heard about it? well, that is because reports have been classified for nearly 60 years. but today we're learning more about the two nuclear bombs that did not go off. stay with us. this is mike. his long race day starts with back pain... ...and a choice. take 4 advil in a day which is 2 aleve... ...for all day relief. "start your engines" and now you get hit again.asis. this time by joint pain. it's a double whammy. it could psoriatic arthritis
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and now they're storming through iraq and taking over territory. territory that over 4,000 americans fought and died to stabilize just four years ago. the group better known as isis are advancing and taking over mosul, the second largest city in iraq. and then yesterday, moving further south into the city of tikrit. now, isis is setting sights on baghdad. listen to this message posted on line by the terrorist group. >> reporter: don't give up, he says, only over your dead bodies and march towards baghdad because we have scores to settle there. >> joining me now from jersulaem, ben, tell me about isis, how is this group gaining strength? i can imagine the violence in syria has helped them in their
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endeavor. >> reporter: well, certainly this is a group that has roots during the occupation by the u.s. of iraq. but it has been re-energized by the conflict in syria and now, of course, in iraq, and as we hear, they suddenly find themselves in possession of millions of dollars, looted from banks in mosul, weapons which they have been able to capture from iraq, many of whom have fled there. if you talk to analysts they are amazed with the speed with which their offensive, which is essenti essentially, a blitzkrieg has taken place. there is a question how far they will be able to get into baghdad, keeping in mind that baghdad has a large shiite population which is unlikely unable to welcome isis in places
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like they were welcomed, in places like mosul and tikrit. this is a threat to not only the iraqi government but also syria, as well. and here in israel i spoke to an analyst, who used to be the chief analyst for the israeli army. and they were very concerned about what appears to be the move from iraq, which is well financed and is in a position to provide training, finance and weapons to terrorists who essentially could threaten regimes across the entire middle east, not to mention europe, as well. >> yeah, and ben, how is this group, this extremist group so effective. when you look at the iraqi troops, washington has spent 15 billion in training, equipping them. yet you see this group taking
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over, commandeering them, and you see the soldiers of the iraqi government fleeing. how is this group so effective? >> reporter: well, for one thing you have to keep in mind that the iraqi government as it exists today is widely seen as a sectarian government, the neglect of the population in places like mosul and tikrit, which is mainly sunni. so there is a bedrock of resentment against the government in baghdad. and therefore, this group comes along with what appears to be real zeal, we're talking about the zeal that some are comparing to the fighters in the seventh century, when the arab fighters swept across the middle east. there really is an odd parallel that strikes a chord among the people in iraq.
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they do have a determination that seems to be frightening to the iraqi forces loyal to the government, pam? >> and not just there, we know it is a big concern to the u.s. the obama administration weighing their options trying to see how they can deal with this situation. ben wedeman, thank you, we appreciate it. and just ahead as the crisis grows, senator john mccain says that president obama should replace his security team with general david petraeus. we'll speak to him about what options the president has. plus, breaking news, bowe bergdahl returning to the u.s. tonight. and we're just hearing about some reported bombshell letters a soldier wrote while in captivity. we'll be right back. life with crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
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with a little skydiving, no big deal, just a little skydiving, he is doing great there at his summer home in maine, bush has actually parachuted seven times, once when he was shot down as a navy pilot in world war ii. all right, robin, tell us, what is it like to jump out of a plane with the former president? >> pam, you know what i remember about that day? so many things obviously. but i remember it was raining and stormy, and we were going to jump on this piece of land we were landing on that was about the size of this postage stamp. there was a church, rocks, water, there was a television camera because we were doing it live on "hln." i remember we had the golden knights who were going to tandem with us.
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and i remember them being very concerned with our faces pressed to the glass of the plane looking for a perfect spot to jump in between the clouds. i think it is so indicative of president bush, wanting to show me his boat. he said hey, would you mind tilting the plane so i can show robin my boat. and he said we have 900 horsepower, i said why do you need that? he said to beat the guy who has 700. and in the interview i had with him before he showed himself to be so engaged in the process. but really a strong belief in stepping back when somebody else is in the presidency, somebody else who is in the seat, stepping back and letting them do their job. that is why you don't hear him
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talking about what is going on now or who the president is, and what they is doing. i do have an issue, he promised if he jumped again i would get to go. >> next time, robin. and thank you so much. and this father's day, a unique portrait of george bush, sunday night at 9:00 eastern right here on cnn, and that does it for me, thank you for joining us. the next hour of "news room" starts right now. hello, everyone, i'm randi kaye in for brooke baldwin. a sudden development in the bowe bergdahl story, a u.s. army official saying he will be returned tonight. he wound up in the hands of the taliban five years ago. on may 31st, the obama administration swapped five
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high-ranking taliban officials for bowe bergdahl. critics say that the president paid too much of a price. chuck hagel said he couldn't garantee that the u.s. troops wouldn't be killed trying to the capture the five again. and one hint that he is being kept in a german army hospital so he wouldn't have to answer questions. >> you're trying to tell me he is being held in germany because of his medical condition? >> congressman, i hope you're not implying anything other than that. >> answer the question, mr. secretary. >> i don't like the implication. >> answer it. >> he is being held there because our medical professionals don't believe he is ready. until they believe he is ready -- >> cnn white house correspondent michelle kosinski joining me now's michelle, what is the
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administration saying about all this? >> hi, randi, well, nothing yet. the news just came about that he will be released and coming back to the united states tonight. he will go into the military hospital. so how much contact the public has with him to see him, see pictures of him. know of his condition may be absolute zero still. so at the time of the white house press briefing the administration did not have any information on that. but now we're hearing, and others are hearing from defense sources that this is happening. and it is not even known when or how exactly he will meet with his family. up until this time we know he has not had contact with his parents. but in the past several days of reporting we do know that a room is being prepared for him there at the military hospital in san antonio. that a team has been assembled. it is all following this lengthy process of getting him back home and getting him back to a state where he can be questioned. we know that they're assembling
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a security team, doctors, chaplains and attorneys, part of the way that they're going to you know, be able to re-integrate him into some form of living here. in a way, secretary hagel's questions, his answers made it seem as if he was not ready to be questioned. that his condition is at least bad, if you can draw that from the way he answered the questions. he didn't give any details. but at least now we know that bergdahl is well enough to be transported back here to the u.s. randi? >> michelle kosinski, an update from the white house. now, let's expand the questions with the expert in combat stress. terry what would an expert like you be looking for in bergdahl's demeanor after so long in captivity? >> you know, i think what you have to really pay attention to is the overall condition of who he is. and obviously he has been in
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germany for a period of time while they tried to stabilize him, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically. but i mean first off the plane you just really need to take it easy. getting comfortable with the surroundings and people who are going to be talking to him, spending time with him. his family, parents, the media. he is going to have a media barrage waiting for him there in san antonio. and you know less is going to be more here in this situation. i think we really have to be careful in the way we approach him. >> what does he have to do, to prove he was ready to return to the u.s.? what would they have been looking for? >> in any situation you just want to make sure the person is functional, rational, stable enough that they can move to the next stage. in this case, he is in the third stage. i would liken it to a physical condition. if somebody had surgery and they were on an operating for an extended period of time you just
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don't walk out of the hospital. you go to the recovery room to make sure your vitals are stable. i am sure they have done all that. they have met that condition, evidently. they're ready to send him home. but he will be received by medically and professional people. so he can continue that phase of treatment to make sure he recovers correctly. >> all right, terry liles, thank you very much. appreciate it. to our other breaking story right now. iraq spiraling out of control. [ gunfire ] >> cities falling to militants who are so extreme even al-qaeda booted them out. president obama responding to the escalating violence saying nothing is off the table. a range of options are being considered including air strikes after iraq conducted its own last night. >> and what we've seen over the last couple of days indicates
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the degree to which iraq is going to need more help. it is going to need more help from us and will need more help from the international community. so my team is working around the clock to identify how we can provide the most effective assistance to them. i don't rule out anything. because we do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either iraq or syria. >> the fighting forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes in hot spots across the country. the situation so bad right now some u.s.-trained iraqi security forces are putting down their arms and running. others, we're hearing, have been taken captive. video reportedly showing hundreds of civilians captured by the radical group, isis and
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paraded through the streets. i want to bring in the former counterintelligence expert and former aide to general david petraeus. senator john mccain furious about the situation. i want you both to listen to what he had to say. >> the president should get rid of his entire national security team, replace it, including the joint chief of staff, and bring in general petraeus, general madison and others who won the conflict in iraq and turn this whole situation around. but it will be extremely difficult to do so. >> praising petraeus, saying he would do a better job, no one better to address this than his former aide. so colonel, what would petraeus do? >> well, i spoke with general petraeus recently. and i think we both agree that you cannot allow isis to gain a
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permanent foothold in iraq. the creation of a terrorist state in the heart of mesopotamia would be highly de-stabling to worldwide markets and would be a threat to europe and the united states. so we have to do something, the question is when and how much? >> and robert, to you, do you really see the u.s. dropping bombs on iraq? i mean, what can be done i guess short of air strikes? >> well, as far as the sort of broader strategic issues i know that the state department, the department of defense have been talking and engaged with the baghdad government. but it is going to take some formidable forces of a coalition of stakeholders in the area, first with baghdad. turkey is also a key factor here. and an alliance of those that need to force some kind of bulwark against them and outside the province.
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>> and colonel, we're hearing about isis who is using u.s. equipment left there when the troops withdrew? i guess why didn't the u.s. see this coming a lot of people are asking about this point today? >> well, some of us did see it coming. when we withdrew the forces in iraq we withdrew the glue that held that state together, what happened in the succeeding years is nouri maliki replaced competent army commanders with political cronies. and you end up with an army that is very loyal to him but can't fight effectively. >> all right, i want to talk more with both of you about this terror group, so please both of you stabbed nd by and we'll be back with a very short break to continue this conversation.
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. welcome back, we're continuing our conversation on the breaking news with what is happening there in iraq and continuing that conversation with colonel peter mansori, a former aide to general david petraeus. colonel, from what we understand the isis group is about 70 to 100 miles or so away from baghdad. they have already taken mosul, the second largest city in iraq. what needs to be done right now to stop them? >> well, they have taken mosul, and tikrit, the next target would be samara, with the golden mosque, a very important shiite shrine. the iraqi group needs to take a stand, whether it is north of
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baghdad, they will need all the help they can get to stop the conventional assault going on right now. that could be u.s. air strikes and unfortunately it could be other things, too. the iranians will no doubt get involved. i saw reports this morning that they're sending special forces into the country, which is not a good sign. >> and robert, you actually think that they will face pretty stiff resistance on the way to baghdad? >> well, they undoubtedly will, and some of the other areas, besides samara, which they have already tried to attack the golden dome mosques, which is one of the most holy sites in all of islam, if they try to take the cities you would expect stiff resistance, and agreed, the troubling aspect of what we're hearing right now as far as alliances that come out of crisis, the head of the iranian
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revolutionary guard is reported to be in baghdad right now. that really would be a natural occurrence when the nouri maliki government was desperate for outside help. >> so is this a fight, robert, that the iraqi government can win? do they need the kurds to help them? do they need the u.s.? >> well, the kurds, absolutely, where there was an alliance, where you expect to be the seat of kurdistan and iraq, it was not able to form a quorum because the kurdish parliament was not there. expect to see there would be a kurd and baghdad alliance against the push to the east. >> and colonel, i'm just curious, how does it feel for you to see the areas that the u.s. fought so hard for fall to militants now? >> well, it is deeply
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disturbing, 5,000 dead, trillion dollars of treasure, and to see it all disappear overnight, it is pretty frustrating. i would like to add to the kurdish issue, though. the kurds are going to do what is best for them. they have already seized the city of kirkuk. and my guess is they will use their forces to defend a greater kurdistan. i'm not sure you will see them join the fight for baghdad. >> thank you both very much. the last thing brazil wanted to see this week were scenes like this. >> protesters are pushing back as you can see. got to go. >> you see it there, protests in the streets, police dressed in riot gear firing tear gas inches from a cnn reporter and crew. all happening while brazil is welcoming fans to the world cup.
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. an explosion of children coming from central america to the u.s. by themselves shows no sign of letting up. 47,000 have made the treacherous journey so far this year. and last hour, the secretary of homeland security had a message for their parents. >> illegal migration is not safe. the illegal migration process is
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not safe. putting your child in the hands of a criminal smuggling organization is not safe. your child will not benefit from daca if they come here now, it was for those coming here seven years ago. the legislation being considered now is for those who came here 18 months ago. >> so an unsafe journey with no golden ticket to u.s. citizenship waiting on this side of the border yet still they come in droves. and the pace is picking up. more from mcallen, texas. >> reporter: some said in the south texas city of mcallen, sitting on the banks of the rio grande, where those are desperate to enter the river and come into the united states. this is the subject of fierce political debate, thousands of families from central america are flooding the nation's southwest border, overwhelming
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immigration officials and its resources. most shocking, thousands are children as young as four traveling alone. a note pinned to their shirts telling authorities who to contact when they arrive, and one coming across the border with her 2 and a half-year-old daughter, they rely on what they can carry and each other. irma says she and her family left guatemala because of what she describes as tough times. this lady turned herself in after crossing the border. her dream was to get her son medical help so he can see properly again. she says working in america will make it easier. some who are caught are released with money and a day to appear in immigration court.
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i heard people are getting passes to stay, she says. others are not. but officials here say they don't show up for court. they disappear and add to the number of undocumented workers who are already here. >> i think there is too much dwelling on the problem and not the solution. >> for officers, seeing the children are difficult. >> i'm a father of three boys, men now, but you know at the age of six and seven you wouldn't think that a parent would send their child on a thousand-mile trek across central america and into all the way through mexico and the united states. >> reporter: sergeant dan broyles is a local deputy constable, and says the beat is not what it used to be. >> we're not having to chase them down anymore. like i said they're family units or unaccompanied children.
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if iraq falls to a group that is too extreme even for al-qaeda, whose fault is it? the united states for leaving too soon? for going in at all? or is it iraq's prime minister, nouri maliki, who was admittedly hand-picked by the united states. listen to what president obama said just hours ago. >> there should be a wake-up call for the iraqi government. there has to be a political component to this so that sunni and shiite who care about building a functioning state that can bring about security and functioning to all people inside iraq come together and work diligently against these extremists. and that is going to require
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concessions on the part of both the sunni and shiite that we have not seen so far. >> fred caplain is here, nice to see you. so you write that the fall of mosul has little to do with the withdrawal of american troops and everything to do with nouri maliki. explain that. >> i think we need to dispe los angeles mydispelos ange this myth. one clause, the iraqi parliament was not going to approve this. so john mccain and other people can talk about how obama blew it and should not have negotiated a
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deal, it was not going for happen. the problem, the reason why this is going on now is that as we were pulling out, nouri maliki promised that he would run a more inclusive government and bring in more sunnis. he would bring morrisons of iraq militias into the army and strike an agreement on oil revenue. >> and they believed that? >> yeah, the sunnis laid down their arms and came into the government. he betrayed that. he tried to chase into kurdistan a top political leader, running a very exclusionary government. >> but was there anything you could have done to prevent it -- >> we could put him on a leash when we had 5,000 troops there. which we wouldn't because they didn't want us to be there.
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we could also put a little bit of a leash there. >> so the president is saying we need concessions on both sides. is that even a possibility that the shiites and sunnis will each give a little something? >> well, it depends on both sides, when you talk about isis, that is not going to happen. as you mentioned, al-qaeda kicked them out because they were too nutty. as you know they're not into joining politics. there are still some sunni leaders who i think are still open to conciliation. but i don't know if anything is possible if nouri maliki is prime minister, quite honestly. >> so obama has a tough time he here, or should the u.s. not intervene? >> well, if we intervene, you have to look at how it affects them on the ground. one thing very interesting to watch for is what the turks do. isis, when they were on the rampage in mosul sacked the
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turkish embassy and held attacks, this is an attack on turkey. so i would hope that obama is on the phone with the leaders of turkey. and you know, don't exclude the possibility of bringing iran into this. this is one of these situations where the united states, turkey and iran have the same interests. >> yeah. certainly an interesting problem for all of them. fred caplain, nice to see you. >> thank you. all right, imagine a terrorist group so extreme and radical than al-qaeda that even al-qaeda kicked them out. we'll tell you what you need to know about isis. the last thing brazil wanted to see this week were scenes like this. >> looks like protesters want to start moving and there is pushing back as you can see. got to go. protests in the streets, police dressed in riot gear firing tear gas inches from a cnn reporter.
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. welcome back, in brazil, the biggest sporting event in the world takes center stage. the world cup kicking off today. but not everyone is enjoying the opening day fanfare. several protests throughout the streets of sao paulo today, demonstrators are furious that the brazilian government spent $11 billion on the world cup when the country is in dire need of hospitals and schools.
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shasta darlington was live on the air. >> reporter: things are getting crazy here, there was a skirmish. the police fired tear gas, there was a protest, it looks like the protesters want to get moving and there was pushing back. got to go. hit my arm. here, i can come back up. i can come back up now. as you can see, they -- if you guys can see us, they did -- yeah -- they -- okay. they shot the tear gas, this is obviously getting very tense. there is not actually a large group of protesters but the police are firing tear gas. it is clear they do not want protesters getting anywhere near the stadium. at this point we're 11 kilometers away. the idea is to march as close as they can get. but police have said they're going to keep a perimeter of at least five kilometers. so we're obviously not going to get much closer than that. i have to say things are very
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tense. >> very tense moments there. that was cnn's shasta darlington. hollywood has lost another venerable star on the stage and screen. actress ruby dee has died. michelle turner looks back at her legendary career. >> reporter: the camera always seemed to love actress ruby dee. she stepped into the spotlight in the jackie robinson story in the '50s. she starred in "the raisin in the sun". >> it was a happening in my life. i shall never forget it. a turning point in terms of possibilities. >> ruby ann wallace was born on october 27th, 1927, in cleveland, ohio. however, she grow up in new york's harlem, dreaming of the
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the start of 2012 all of them had been pulled out. that triggered this grim prediction by former cia and nsa director, michael hayden, quoting here each of the factions are going to their military corner. if obama goes to air strikes it will look like america is jumping back into iraq, and if he doesn't, what about all that blood and treasure? jake tapper joins me. jake, who is this militant group, isis, which we're talking about so much today? >> it stands for the islamist state in iraq and syria, a group that has evolved since the early years of the iraq war. more recently in the last few months analysts say while there are certainly terrorists there is also a militia, an army
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trying to take control of land. and their goal is to establish a sunni islamist state, extremists, of course in syria and iraq. and obviously, they have proven very effective fighters against the iraqi military. >> yeah, and they're even so extreme that i guess al-qaeda doesn't even want to be a part of them. jake tapper, thank you, much much more coming up with jake tapper. and the assassination of president kennedy has been looked at. and tonight we take a look at the conspiracy thinking of the assassination throughout american history. >> the president has been hit. >> john f. kennedy died at approximately 1:00 today. >> the whole world is swerved because of his loss.
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>> america was a different place on the day before john f. kennedy was killed. the assassination changed the trajectory of the '60s. >> i remember november the 22nd, as long as i live. >> lee harvey oswald is arrested. >> have you killed the president? >> no, i have not been charged with that. >> lee harvey oswald has been shot. >> information concerning the cause of the death of your president has been with held. >> the story has been suppressed. witnesses killed. we have a right to know who killed our president and why he died. here now are historian and university of richmond president and brian ballow, a professor of history at the university of virginia, thank you for joining us both to talk about this. lee harvey oswald shot and killed president kennedy. but some still question whether or not he acted alone. brian, what are some of the
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assassination theories still out there and why do you think they live on? >> well, a lot of people do question the notion that lee harvey oswald acted by himself. more than 50% of americans don't think he did. the theories run from the gamut of lyndon johnson being behind it, to the cia, the mafia being behind it. you name it, there is a conspiracy theory for it. >> yeah, one of them that sticks with me is the guy with the umbrella standing on the grassy knoll, who may have signalled the shooter. people have talked about that even though he came forward and said he is not a part of it. but ed, what about the sceptics who say the media failed to uncover the details about the assassination. >> well, there is a certain process, if you think that the
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truth has not been uncovered, there is just indication that there is a conspiracy . >> and brian, i guess in terms of what -- why other conspiracy theories persist, what is it about them? what are people looking for? why do we hang on to them? >> well, i think a particular american reason that we hang on to them is we have a strong belief that people should be equal in the united states yet we know that power is not distributed equally. and so i think that there's an inherent tendency to look behind the scenes, look behind the curtain at those people who really wield power. in the 20th century we look at the government having power but in the 19th century it was fear to have undue power.
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is that right, ed? >> yep. and even before that, brian. the entity people most were afraid about was the catholic church. there was a sense that the pope and his minions were out to control the united states. and the first big conspiracy theory in american history turns around the suspicion that there's a whole network of popes -- of monks and nuns that are infiltrating the situation. >> some have more traction than others but a fascinating conversation. thank you so much, ed and brian. "the sixties," the assassination of president kennedy is tonight at 9:00 p.m., eastern and pacific. so were you a ncerd in high
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just a short time ago, a funeral began for one of the officers who was killed in vegas. this is officer igor soldo. he was 31 years old and leaves behind a new baby and wife. jerad and amanda miller ambushed him and officer beck at a pizza restaurant. they ran next door to walmart and killed wilcox. wilcox had tried to stop the millers inside the walmart.
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cnn learned that authorities had three previous encounters with the millers this year. a sheriff says they were all without incident but that statement is raising some eyebrows because in february in a call to the dmv, jerad was angry and said he was going to kill officers. >> i'm looking at a $525 ticket for driving while on a suspended license and, you know, that's a whole month of rent. i can't get a job. like, i'm really [ bleep ] and [ bleep ] of all of these laws and regulations. it's absolutely insane. as a person of the dmv, can you tell me how many laws are on the books concerning drivers? >> unfortunately, no, i can't tell you an exact number. i can refer you to our website
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at in.gchlov. >> well, i'm going to court down here in nevada and contest this ticket and i'm just going to tell them straight up that indiana's whole court system is messed up, it's not my fault and that he needs to drop the case and if he doesn't then i'm going to be forwarding this bill to you guys and if they come to arrest me for noncompliance or whatever, i'm just going to start shooting people. >> nevada detectives did not see any sign of potential threats. all right. how many of us remember going to school with nerds or what about wanting to be in with that cool crowd? there's a new study out that shows that those cool kids are not so hip once they have grown up. in fact, they have more problems with relationships and other successes. joining me with a much closer look at this study, the revenge
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of the nerds, can we call it that? >> you sure can. >> what problems are these so-called cool kids having now? >> more likely to be doing drugs and alcohol or using alcohol and having problems with alcohol and drugs, more likely to be committing crimes. and then when they are young adults and have you people and say how long did they get along with their friends and acquaintances, they get much lower ratings than their not so cool friends. >> they were popular, got invited to all of the parties and the behavior, for some reason, i guess coolness doesn't lead to success? >> no. and part of it is what is cool back when you're 13, at 23, if you're like drinking three six packs a weekend people say that's not so cool. that's pathetic. also, they are taking shortcuts. they are not doing things that we in the not so cool crowd did,
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working on relationships, and they are not doing those things that help you on that path to better relationships and things that are viewed as more success down the road. >> all right. what are the implications, then, for today's teens and parents? what do they take away? >> big implications for middle schoolers. if you don't feel like you're the cool person and you're not in the in crowd, don't worry, right? >> what if somebody else told us that? >> i know. and for parents who might be worried if their kid doesn't seem so popular at 13 or 14 not invited to the parties not so cool, don't focus on the short-term. look at the long term on the paths to success. >> it's so hard when you're in it and you want to be cool, it's hard to tell your kids it's okay not to be. >> we laugh and say it seems so obvious but it didn't seem so obvious when you were 13. >> no. it's fascinating. i want to see what else i can learn about the not so cool
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kids. kelly wallace, nice to see you. >> have a great afternoon. time for jake tapper to pick it up with "the lead." have a great day. it's almost as if we've been ignoring chest pains, hoping that they'd go away and now iraq is a full-blown heart attack. i'm jake tapper. this is the world lead. two 1/2 years after the last u.s. combat troops left iraq, the country is in chaos. city falls to militants, so extreme al qaeda kicked them out. will the u.s. get involved in iraq again? the politics lead. hillary clinton getting into it with an npr host who asked if she flip-flopped on gay marriage out of political convenience. and mass shootings this week, last week, the week before that. they are dominating headlines but are they really on the rise? the numbers may surprise you.